Archive | May, 2013

Darwin Deez – You Can’t Be My Girl

If you have post-Bank Holiday blues, fret not - Mr. Eames is here to save you with refreshing new beats that will keep you in high spirits through the rest of the week.

New York indie Band Darwin Deez, fronted by headband rocking Darwin Smith bring the good feels and fuzzy guitars out in force for the track 'You Can't Be My Girl'. Beck-inspired and with a stock video parody to boot, you can't help but feel the good times, even if Darwin is having a bad time trying to get the girls.

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Ghost Loft – Seconds

LA's Danny Choi (AKA Ghost Loft) makes the kind of grooves that perfectly suit the end of a hard night's summer partying in the city as the sun's about to come up. Ghost Loft's bubbling, slow grooves are the essential cure for any post clubbing blues this summer.

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Mike Mitchell – A master of Lowbrow

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I have been raving about Mike Mitchell's Tumblr of Amazing Things for about a month now. I turn to it at the end of a long day when I need a pick-me-up - it's very entertaining. A couple of weeks ago he shared a post about an art student’s hilarious final project aimed at mocking his art teacher who told him to “take art more seriously.”

I initially read about Mitchell in Shortlist Magazine and I've become a huge fan of his work ever since. He has a way of capturing that unapologetic dark sensibility of pop surrealism. He is a master of the Lowbrow art movement and a highly skilled artist.

Mitchell’s latest exhibition called The Portrait Show, currently on display in Austin, Texas, is a brilliant portrait collection of iconic characters from cult classics. It includes the likes of Ryan Gosling in Drive, Arnie as The Terminator and Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained. You can check out the whole thing on his website.

Out of all his work, my personal favourite is the matrix of all the Adventure Time characters, particularly the ones of LSP and Party Pat.

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N.B. If you’ve never watched Adventure Time, for the love of all that is holy to you, tune into Cartoon Network immediately and find an episode. It’s the best.

 

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City and Colour – Silver & Gold

When he's not bursting eardrums in the hardcore group Alexisonfire, singer-songwriter Dallas Green (AKA City and Colour) goes to the opposite end of the spectrum with melancholic folk ballads that make lying in a field staring at up at the clouds feel like a perfectly reasonable way to spend a day.

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Alpine – Gasoline

The video may well be full of snow, log cabins and warm fires but make no mistake – this is the perfect tune to play at any beach party or back yard barbecue. This six-piece band from down under are masters at the kind of dreamy indie-pop that will be filling up party playlists this summer.

Happy Friday people! Let the long weekend begin.

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Lizzy Caplan in “Fashion Film”

If you've ever seen Mean Girls or her latest film Bachelorette, you'll know how absolutely hilarious Lizzy Caplan is.  We love her dry humour and direct 'no shit' approach to life - well that's what comes off in her characters anyway and if she's anything like that, she's the kind of girl we want to meet.  Any crazy cat who has the confidence to tell it like it is and not care about the consequences sounds like a fun girl.  I imagine, though, that you'd want to always keep her on your side because being on the other end of that would probably be pretty upsetting.  Check out this film she stars in called  FASHION FILM by Matthew Frost on Vimeo.  It's a short, gorgeously filmed parody, take a look for yourself, it's a good'n!

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Bearcubs – Home

Spring is finally here and although the weather doesn't seem to be getting any warmer, I've taken the time to make you a little summer jam teaser playlist this week as it’s Bank Holiday on Monday to help you daydream about trips to the beach and barbecues under the stars.

First up is Bearcubs.

The London-based producer has created a track that can make you feel like you're driving to the beach no matter where you are. Seagulls and beats = good summer vibes! This is 'Home.'

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Juice Detox: tried, cheated, succeeded

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So the weather has been a tease, is it winter is it summer?  Who knows these days.  Not us.  But we do have this feeling that summer is around the corner and it's all of a sudden going to creep up on us and we won't have had a chance to get that summer bikini body we always strive for each year!  In spirit of getting the body, one of us (Hana) has tried a juice detox over the past three days and I can hereby tell you that it is a definitely a difficult process, but it has definitely made me feel better and lose a quick few pounds.

With any routine or bad habit you want to break, there is a barrier you have to plough through to get to the sunny side of the road, and trust me, to do this you really need to be in the mood for it.  If you're not in high spirits to do the detox in the beginning then you're bound to cheat.  I won't tell a lie, I did cheat a tiny bit but only with very healthy snacks - my theory is "everything in moderation".  It's difficult to turn your life upside down on a sixpence, slowly does it, I say do what you can, but do make sure to push that little bit beyond your boundaries each time and you'll improve before you know it.  I'm still talking about the juice detox here but actually this theory can and should be applied to many of life's turmoils!

The detox that I found was from this book called Super Juice by Michael Van Straten which I have found to be super amazing.  It's colourful and easy to follow (my favourite kind of books).  Here is a list of his six top juice recipes to give you a taste.

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Hundred Waters – Boreal


The weather's getting warmer, nights are getting longer and US Band Hundred Waters provide the perfect soundtrack to a late night chill session under the stars with their hypnotic track 'Boreal'. Sounds like Four-Tet, Bjork and Tune-Yard's Merill Garbus messing around with a bunch of instruments… in a good way, of course.

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A completely biased review of the Mrs. Carter Tour

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I'm currently listening to "I Care" by Beyoncé on full blast. In my head, there's some ridiculous scenario playing out where I'm either singing it with her in front of thousands of screaming fans or I'm at my local pub and suddenly I get handed a microphone and as if by magic I'm belting the lyrics out, note for note, along with the electric guitar - just like Queen B.

I seriously love her, guys. I'm completely unapologetic about the fact that I look up to her as a woman, admire her as an artist and for her relentless aspiration to be the best. She is the biggest, most fabulous super star of my generation and no one comes close to matching her calibre. This notion, by the way, is arguable but I'm not putting it up for discussion. So this is why I am hugely indebted to my dear friend for getting me a ticket to the Mrs. Cater Tour at the O2 in London recently. I don't know what black magic she had to pull to get them, but she did and one had my name on it.

Now, the concert. There have been mixed reviews, some praising it for Beyoncé's compelling vocals and choreography; some slating "her booty-shaking, self-assertion" because well, they're haters (yes, I'm judging you Simon Price from the Telegraph). This post biased because what follows is certainly not a balanced view. In the two hours I was there amidst a largely female crowd who knew pretty much every word to every song, I was left speechless and in complete awe tune after tune. Opening with her unmistakable girl-power anthem, Run the World (Girls), Beyonce was enthralling to watch from the get go and her all-girl dance crew and all-girl band kicked ass. Yes, it was a little weird that she said something along the lines of "I can see the hive is full tonight," implying that we're like her little bee workers, which I'm guessing is the kind of comment that sparked criticism over her self-adulation. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the vibes of "ancient goddess worship ceremony" because, after all, that's what we were there for and it's really no different than the god-like status we give to many music legends. A big concert like that is about the whole experience, not only about the music and not only about the performance - it should marry up the two to make an unforgettable show.

In a nutshell, I was expecting an amazing night and she delivered the goods. That woman can seriously sing her heart out. And dance her ass off. Particular props need to be given to Les Twins (her only two male dancers on tour with her). They were insane! Watch them here.

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Kiev – 3rnd

Trippy American indie band Kiev make that kind of alternative/progressive/experimental rock music that the Americans seem to do so well, which is mainly making it listenable, and trust me that's a hard thing to do! Like a smooth blend of Beck, My Morning Jacket and Radiohead in their more upbeat moments, '3rnd' is a great tune to cruise through the desert in an open-top Chevy, Hunter S Thompson style!

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Chet Faker – Archangel

Chet Faker is one of the brightest amongst an ever growing sea of Aussie music stars. Alongside artists such as Flume, Tame Impala, Matt Corby & Elizabeth Rose, Faker looks set to spearhead Australia's burgeoning electro/dubstep/post-rock movement across the rest of the world. Not only does he have an awesome beard, he also makes brilliant tunes! Check out his brooding cover of Burial's track 'Archangel.'

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Jamie Lidell – Don’t You love Me

Jamie Lidell has been on the scene for sometime now, his early journey into the realms of beatboxing and techno music have slowly evolved into a mixture of blue-eyed soul, electro and funk. Lidell is one of the most creative and talented British artists working today and his latest self-titled album sounds like Prince and Stevie Wonder jamming with 'Speakerboxxx' era OutKast. Awesome!

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Kelly Joe Phelps – Country Blues live

Kelly Joe Phelps is one of those artists you've probably never heard of unless you go out looking for that kind of thing. He seems to be content with flying under the radar, avoiding publicity. However, this US free jazz influenced guitar virtuoso makes blues-folk music like no other. Intricate and captivating guitar arrangements accompanied buy a husky yet melodic voice make Phelps an artist worth finding out about! Just watch this hypnotising performance of 'Country Blues' and you'll see what I'm talkin' bout y'all.

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Mr. Eames

We met Mr. Eames during a mother of all road trips on Route 66. A little tired from a long day on the old two-lane road, we left our rented Mustang in a motel car park just outside Kansas, looking for somewhere to have a night cap and settle in. We spotted a bar across the road so we grabbed a few bucks and headed over.

We strolled into a dimly lit, smokey room. Surrounded by the usual middle America cliches that you tend to find in a bar along the open road in the late hours of the night, we spotted a mysterious looking man in the far corner. Slowly puffing away at a Lucky Strike, he sat in the shadows, pondering. His beard was impressive, tidy but full, and the silver streaks in his hair glistened. Who was he? Like moths to a flame, we were drawn to this enigmatic character.

Two tequilas and a couple of beers later we decided to satisfy our intrigue and the rest is history.  We spent all night discussing music, nature and contemplating the meaning of life. Every once in a while, when a familiar song came on the juke box, like a nimble jester Mr. Eames would be on the floor throwing shapes like nobody's business. It was a bizarre and enlightening experience.

Ever since that night, we joined forces with the elusive Mr. Eames to make the most of his knowledge and unmatched passion for music, which has resulted in a daily digest of the best and freshest new music around delicately combined with some classic tunes. During his travels around the world, Mr. Eames devours record after record, deciphering all the music trends and searching for the slickest tunes to send our way.

We never did see Mr. Eames again, but he calls us from time to time telling us stories of the crazy shit he gets up to in that unmistakable voice that is smooth like caramel. We'll make sure to share his most hilarious happenings with you.

This is What We Hear.

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